36. Robbie Williams, "Strong"
English pop smoothie Robbie Williams escapes the
boy band Take That, parties hard in posh hotels, hangs out with Oasis, strums
his guitar and croons about the high price of his misspent youth: "Early
morning when I wake up/I look like Kiss but without the makeup." The
U.K. smash "Strong" was a highlight of his American debut The Ego
Has Landed. After I raved about the album in Rolling Stone, I awoke
one morning to find a bouquet on my doorstep, with a note from the artist:
"Thank you for knowing." To this day, Robbie Williams remains the
only pop star who's ever sent me flowers.